When an echocardiogram is used

An echocardiogram can help diagnose and monitor certain heart conditions by checking the structure of the heart and surrounding blood vessels, analysing how blood flows through them, and assessing the pumping chambers of the heart.

An echocardiogram can help detect:

  • damage from a heart attack where the supply of blood to the heart was suddenly blocked
  • heart failure where the heart fails to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure
  • congenital heart disease birth defects that affect the normal workings of the heart
  • problems with the heart valves problems affecting the valves that control the flow of bloodwithin the heart
  • cardiomyopathy where the heart walls become thickened or enlarged
  • endocarditis an infection of the heart valves

An echocardiogram can also help your doctors decide on the best treatment for these conditions.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018